Perry open to sending troops to Mexico against drug cartels
October 1st, 2011
05:08 PM ET
11 years ago

Perry open to sending troops to Mexico against drug cartels

Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Rick Perry signaled Saturday he would be open to sending U.S. troops into Mexico to combat drug cartels should the situation arise.

After speaking at a house party in Manchester, the Texas governor was asked a series of questions about the border and his stance on illegal immigration.

He said the leaders of Mexico and the U.S. should meet after next year's elections to address the deadly drug trade in that country.

"It may require our military in Mexico working in concert with them to kill these drug cartels and to keep them off of our border," Perry said.

Campaign press secretary Robert Black said Perry wanted to cooperate with the Mexican government and wasn't ruling anything out.

"He's going to work with the Mexican government to do what's necessary," Black said.

Perry also fielded questions on his stance on illegal immigrants already in the country, and offered a glimpse of the stance he may deploy on the debate circuit. The issue has offered his opponents the chance to wound Perry in previous debates.

An audience member at the house party asked Perry about his support for a Texas law that grants in-state college tuition to the children of some illegal immigrants.

Perry defended his stance as being widely popular among state legislators and asserted it was a states' rights issue. And he told the audience that - as a border-state governor - he was the only candidate with the experience and "courage" to tackle illegal immigration.

"I'm the only one that's been dealing with it for the last 10 years, and I know how to secure that border," he said.

He also took a subtle dig at his opponents, who have attacked the Texas governor's conservative bona fides on illegal immigration at a series of debates this fall.

"I don't have the privilege to stand on a stage and say, oh here's what I would do," Perry said. "I've been governor of Texas for 10 years. I have to deal with these issues, real-time."

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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. TomCA

    "I'm the only one that's been dealing with it for the last 10 years, and I know how to secure that border," he said. The Texas border is secure? Last time I checked more illegal drugs pass through Texas than all the other border states combined.

    October 1, 2011 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. A Real Patriot

    I know that Perry wants to turn back the clock on everything from evolution to pre-Revolution church/state relations, but someone needs to tell him that this isn't 1848 or 1916 for that matter and that Mexico is a sovereign state.

    My God–this is the best the TeaOP can come up with?


    October 1, 2011 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  3. scott

    Perry's way of dealing with illegal immigration is to demand the same Federal Government he despises come rescue him.

    October 1, 2011 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. Tony

    Perry has done well for Texas...No doubt! He will do the same for our country..,No doubt! Our votes will go for the next Prez. Of the USA.

    October 1, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  5. Henry Miller

    Or the US could end Prohibition II, The sequel–a far, far, worse failure than the original prohibition of booze in the1920s.

    October 1, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  6. Moe NY

    Hmmm, why am I not surprised...another republican/bag that wants another war. I would suggest that americans get their butts down to NYC and join the protest/moverment, it will benefit all of you so much more than another war. Take the fight where it belongs...corruption on Wall Street/politicans/lobbyists, banks, etc. Fight for America and her people...bring down the Bull (the Wall Street Bull...literally) will be a start to cleaning up the corruption in this country.

    October 1, 2011 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. Jackblob

    Instead of fighting a losing war against the Mexican drug cartels, stop the flow of American weapons into Mexico and curtail the import of drugs by enacting the legalization of soft drugs. Several countries are doing this already and it doesn't lead to any significant increase in drug use. Grown in America, sold in America. New businesses, new jobs, added tax revenue, less illegal smuggling. Get to it America.

    October 1, 2011 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  8. Ryan

    Yes, we are so good at battling insurgency. Let's start another open-ended military campaign. Great idea. How about addressing the source of the cartels' funds? Legalize marijuana and half the cartel's revenue is gone, without sending more of our soldiers to die.

    October 1, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  9. Moe NY

    I bet my comment is awaiting moderation...CNN is against, not even covering the news. Again, I say bring down the bull on wall street...fight for America and her people, get your butts out and stand up for the american people, take the fight where it the streets of violence though, kill the corruption with peaceful means. Stop the corporate blackout of what is happening in America. Stand up for your rights as an American citizen. Mexico situation is bad I agree, but America situation is even worse at this point in time...stand up for your own country.

    October 1, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Moe NY

    Hey Perry, are you open to sending troops to protect American citizens...Occupy Wall this country? Just curious!

    October 1, 2011 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. IndTexas

    What an Idiot! He has lacked in leadership as our Govenor as our wildfires continue to burn by trying to pray them away. Now he wants us to take him serious and actually believes any other country would take him serious as President? What a foolish man!

    October 1, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. OnTheRoad

    It is easy to say that you are for something, when you know that it will never happen! Perry, knows that the U.S. will never send troups into Mexico!

    October 1, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. aaa

    I think Mr Perry is forgetting or does not want to admit habits form markets and availability. As long the need and the market is here they will not stop. So sending troops to attack them will not serve the purpose. First lets educate our people about the harmful effects of using drugs and lets get to the people in own country who are distributing the drugs. Lets clean our own house before trying to clean some once house.

    October 1, 2011 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. CTYank

    Not the brightest, but the Reps sure like any military option- also boosts their jobs program with inductees.

    Maybe, if we addressed the drug demand situation here, and throttled the flow of firearms south? Nah, too reasonable, and the NRA pukes at the suggestion.

    October 1, 2011 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  15. Scot

    Prelude to an invasion of Mexico ! That will work huh ! What a smart man you are !!!!!

    October 1, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. bcm

    Yep, we don't already have enough American troops being killed everyday. Crazy!!

    October 1, 2011 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  17. Paul Williamson

    That a boy, Rick! Lets invade Mexico, and add it onto the long list of Iraq, Afganistan, Libya, Somalia...we have to keep the military busy to justify their $850B a year cost, and all those Admirals, Gernerals, and defense contractors (most located inTexas now)

    October 1, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  18. Elizabeth

    This guy is nuts.....put our troops on the ground in Mexico?

    October 1, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  19. Roy

    I got a even better idea then what Perry is considering, let's send Perry and a few other useless members of congress, teabagers and the house of reps to Mexico to take on the Cartels instead of our troops.

    October 1, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. skarphace

    I have to admit that Perry's strategy is better than the other candidates'. He is focussed on making a distinction between himself and the other Republican candidates. The other candidates, however, seem only focussed om making a distinction between themselves and Obama, which can be made after they win the Republican nomination.

    October 1, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  21. ldean

    why send troops into Mexico. Instead, line them up on the border with their AK-47, missiles, tanks, drones and shoot anybody that comes across. We have to start assuming women and children and bringing drugs, are mules or are being trafficked as slaves. It' had to take, but we have to kill the product, then what would be the point?

    October 1, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  22. Greg

    REALLY?!?!?!?!?! Idiot

    October 1, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  23. BeverlyNC

    So typical of a Republican – more war, more wasted money, more endangering of our soldiers....what defense contractors is Perry tied to that would make money off such a war?? End the Bush wars before we waste more money and more lives.

    October 1, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  24. G D

    Our troops on foreign grounds to fight a war derived from consumer demand here in the U.S?? That failed policy has already been tried & proven over the last several decades. If the U.S. is truly the land of the free, regulate & tax the trade that people are demanding & stop the stupidity.

    October 1, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  25. Legalize Pot

    Legalize everything and the cartels won't interfere with the U.S. Heck, they might even make great businessmen who could back your reelection campaign in 2016. Oh wait you haven't won in 2012 yet. Good luck with that.

    October 1, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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